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BRIGHT IDEA OR DIMWITTED?

By KAT MULLARD

LOVE them or hate them, energyefficient light bulbs are going to be a part of our future, and Coffs Coast residents Roy and Myra Forrester think it's a brilliant idea.

In a world first, the Federal Government yesterday announced an initiative aimed at phasing out incandescent light bulbs by the year 2009, in favour of more energyefficient technology.

The move was prompted by the introduction of new nationwide energy efficiency standards, which the humble 125-year-old incandescent light bulb just can't meet.

The Forresters have been using compact fluorescent light bulbs all throughout their Moonee Beach home for the past three years.

"We found them quite adequate. We had to put brighter ones in where we read, but since then we haven't had a problem, and we've only had to change two in the whole time we've been here," Mr Forrester said.

"It's going to save an enormous amount of power if everyone's got to put them in, which will in turn save on carbon emissions." Mr Forrester said that it might take a little getting used to for some people, but change is a part of life.

"Around the time of the 1900s when they had gas lights and had to go to incandescent lights, people probably had some resistance, but people should try them for themselves," he said.

"We've found that some of the 23-watt and 24-watt bulbs take around 30 seconds to a minute to become bright, and they do cost a little more, but what you lose in your initial outlay you make up for in the lengh of time they last."

Compact fluorescent bulbs cost around $5 more than incandescent light bulbs, but save an average of $30 a year, and are around 80 per cent more energy efficient.

The plan is expected to save up to four million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in Australia by the year 2012.

See Friday's Coffs Coast Advocate for a look inside the Forresters amazing home.



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